Episode: 04.30.12 Counterpoint host Scott Harris discusses draconian measure in the GOP's Paul Ryan budget plan; Arizona's harsh immigration law reviewed at the Supreme Court; Preparations for Occupy Wall St. May Day protests & Amy Goodman assesses U.S. media
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Jared Bernstein, Senior Fellow with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, who from 2009 to 2011 was the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden and executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class. Bernstein assesses the GOP's Paul Ryan federal budget proposal, which passed in the House of Representatives last month -- as well as longer term budget issues that must be dealt with after the November election.
Christian Ramirez, Director, Southern Border Communities Coalition, talks about what's at stake in the case, State of Arizona v. United States, that challenges the constitutionality of Arizona's repressive immigration law SB1070, now before the U.S. Supreme Court. He also assesses the role of immigration issues in this year's presidential election campaign.
Mark Bray, part of the Occupy Wall Street movement's media team in New York City previews protest actions planned in NYC and around the country on May Day, May 1st -- as well as next steps for the movement this spring and summer.
Ray Neal an activist with Occupy New Haven, CT, talks about the group's recent police eviction from their encampment on New Haven's upper Green -- and plans for actions on May Day and beyond.
Amy Goodman, award winning host of Democracy Now!, the daily internationally syndicated radio and TV program. Amy talks about the importance of independent media, as she plans to come to New Haven, CT on May 3rd to accept the 2012 Gandhi Peace Award from the group Promoting Enduring Peace.
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